AFP eyes military agreements with SoKor, Japan and other allies

AFP eyes military agreements with SoKor, Japan and other allies

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is being positive of its position in the geopolitics of not only Asia but of the world.

With the formal notice been given to the United States of America regarding the Visiting Forces of America (VFA) and that the 180 days for its actual termination, the AFP is making sure that it is very much open and willing to forge alliances with other friendly countries.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is eyeing to forge formal alliances with Japan, South Korea, and that of Indonesia. 

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“Part of filling the gap is we will increase our bilateral exercises, agreement with other countries not only United Sates, the only SOVFA (Status of Visiting Forces Agreement) we have is Australia, so with the help of the Congress and the Senate we will push for the approval of (agreements with) the other countries like South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and other allied countries,” AFP Chief-of-Staff General Felimon Santos Jr. said during his confirmation hearing at the Commission on Appointments (CA).

It was also in the same confirmation hearing that Chief Of Staff Santos said, “And we will live without VFA.” He even noted that during the time there was no VFA from 1991 to 1997 the country was able to survive thorough those years.

And that when asked if he believes what President Duterte did was the right thing to do, he said “It’s a political decision. We’ll support him,”the Chief os Staff said.

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